WEEK 33 – Flashback August Challenge, 2010: Vehicles

Just like in the original challenge, we’re not only looking for great images of entire vehicles. Cars are a little like buildings in architectural photography, just like we can choose to photograph an architectural detail on a building, we can photograph specific details of a vehicle. In the example above, the badge from an antique tractor I found in a field in Auvergne, France. READ MORE →

WEEK 32: B&W – Triangles

Implied triangles can also be used to create a relationship between objects in a photo. This article offers a wonderful explanation of the concept:
Street Photography Composition Lesson #1: Triangles. For example in the photo below, there is an implied triangle between the bicyclist, the person in the crosswalk in the background and the people on the sidewalk. While any one of those points is relatively small in the frame, the triangle between them creates a relationship that makes the photo about the people and not the cars. READ MORE →

WEEK 31: B&W – Long Exposure Clouds

You must create a black and white long exposure photograph taken with cloud movement. Depending on how fast the clouds move , you may be able to achieve the look you are looking for in one long exposure or by stacking multiple long exposures. Even if the cloud movement is favorable to one long exposure, you may choose to stack multiple shorter long exposures to reduce noise. READ MORE →

WEEK 30: Motion Blur

Most of the time, our pictures tend to freeze time in the exact instant the photo was taken. This tends to stop all movement, resulting in a more static, motionless image. However, if we intentionally slow down the shutter, then moving objects will tend to blur, and your photo will better convey a sense of motion. As always, let’s dive into some examples: READ MORE →

WEEK 29 – MACRO / CLOSE-UP

One lighting technique I use for Macro Photography is Cross Polarization. In a nutshell I polarize the light from my flashes and set a circular polarizer on my lens. If I’m set for Horizontal Polarization on my light source, I set the lens for Vertical Polarization, thus crossed. The end result is an elimination of glare creating a different texture and revealing lots of sometimes unseen details. READ MORE →

WEEK 28 – Cycling High Contrast Black and White

The reason I was motivated by the High Contrast B&W is simple, I was going through some old prints I made some 35 years ago in my Photo Lab. I was very surprised to see so many High Contrast B&W images. It took me a while to appreciate them, especially those taken in snow, but slowly I realized there was something there and I remembered how I used to appreciate them. READ MORE →

WEEK 27 : FLASHBACK 2015 WEEK 40: ROOM WITH A VIEW – HDR

I remember this challenge like it was yesterday. I also remember Trevor’s enthusiasm as I brought up the draft for this challenge. He was ecstatic as it was a photographic discipline he had been practicing in order to capture some of his mom’s interior design creations. READ MORE →

WEEK 26: B&W – Leading Lines

Lines are an important element in composition and this week we are going to focus on a subset of lines called “leading lines”. I’m sure that most if not all READ MORE →

WEEK 25: A Photo Challenge Tribute to Trevor Carpenter

Needless to mention, Trevor was an important part of many people’s lives and we miss him very much. Trevor was full of love for life and the Photo Challenge lives on as a celebration of life and photography that was a very big part of Trevor’s life. READ MORE →

WEEK 24: Soft Light

Photography is all about light. As such, it should come as no surprise that lighting is one of the most important aspects in creating a great photograph. The quality of READ MORE →